I am building a cradle for a friend from rough walnut. I would like to know if thier is a general rule for the amount of I need. Is it 10, 20 or 50% extra for waste or is does it very to much from lot to lot? Is thier a way of telling how much colour in it before milling.
Iam a retired hobbyist & I enjoy making toys which are then donated at Christmas to inner city kids. As a consequence I immediately deviate from the author’s finishing suggestions & put no finish whatever on the toys & rely entirely on contrasting colors of the wood species involved to provide interesting contrasts. Why ? With the recent scares concerning toys with toxic finishes (China) & because I never see either the parents or the children who receive my toys I go wi...
I have seen many posts on this site that describe a particular piece as “Zen” and while this word is not used in strict historical definition, I thought it might be interesting for some of you to share a bit about what I have learned about Buddhism and how one might be able to bring some Buddhist attitudes into the process of woodworking. So contrary to the title of this little post there isn’t really any such thing as Zen aesthetics. Zen refers to certain strains of practice within ...
I am trying another attempt at a live feed from the shop with ustream. It has dropped off several times but seems to have stabilized for the last several minutes. I updated my Adobe Flashplayer to see if that would help. Here is a link to the project that I am working on: http://www.flickr.com/photos/toddclippinger/sets/72157618830672749/ Here we go-
Well here I am now. The carving continues. I believe now that I am done with this first side. I wasn’t sure what to do to be honest with you, so I just sat there at the couch with it on my lap. I cut a piece of paper and taped it to the gun, cutting around the Drake. I just started doodling on it while watching TV and this is what I came up with. I decided that I wanted his Initials on the piece, but also knew I wanted them framed in leaves. These leaves are out of my head, so the...
Now that I received the tail vises for my workbench, I have modeled them in Sketchup so that I can play around with it for a more precise location and drilling plans before I have to physically deal with the heavy top material. This model is design to be light and fast, and as such does not go into vast details such as screw spirals etc. Instead it is designed to be used for measurements and sizing, both in terms of the actual hardware measurements and shapes, and screw hole locations. ...
I know that I have been away for a time and fortunately it was for a good reason and that is business is good in this down time. I consider myself fortunate that I am in this position and in need of your guys experience. I am making a crib for a client and they want a “safe” finish on the crib for obvious reasons. I am also making a changing table which I will finish in lacquer. I want to be close in the sheen on both pieces and given the time I have left before I need get t...
A word from Bill: Seventeen years ago my friend Roger Marschner came upon a large California Black Walnut stump in Chico, CA. While sitting on said stump contemplating life’s greater meaning and probably smoking too much of the local product, Roger began to wonder how long it would take a man to dig this beautiful thing out of the ground. Three days, seven chainsaw chains, four broken shovels and a myriad of sore muscles later, Roger was on his knees in a five foot hole with a Stihl 46 m...
I started working on my second shelving unit, though I’m not quite done with the first. I figure I’ll make all my drawer fronts and doors at the same time. Things have slowed down a bit over here with birthdays and holidays and a visit from my BIL. Hopefully I’ll get back in gear soon. This is the sketch for the 2nd shelving unit on the other side of the fireplace from the first. This one is all one piece, and not as deep as the first one I made. It also has to sit undern...
I have a list of items and prices hopes it’s ok to list them:If you live near Cape Neddick Maine and something interests you PLEASE CALL Bill— 207-712-6178Happy Woodworking :)Mikita THICKNESS PLANER—$1500.00William & Hussey – Planer/Molder—$1000.00POWERMATIC TABLE SAW—$1400.00TABLE SAW-Craftsman—$500.00AIR PURIFIER-dust collector-for WOODWORKING SHOP(small $50.00 and medium $110.00) Dove Tail Maker-12”-Leigh—$395.00Radial Arm Saw Ki...
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